Associate Editor, Dr. Sharmila Anandasabapathy, highlights this article from the April issue “Association of gastric intestinal metaplasia and East Asian ethnicity with the risk of gastric adenocarcinoma in a U.S. population” by Alyssa Y. Choi, MD, et al.
In the United States, gastric adenocarcinoma is the forgotten stepchild, often believed to be a disease of East Asia and South America. As gastroenterologists, we often fail to consider ethnicity and immigration in our implementation of endoscopic screening and surveillance.
This is a large, well-done, retrospective, case-control evaluation of a unique population, with the potential to impact our guidelines. Our GI societies need to create guidelines for the surveillance and management of gastric metaplasia in high-risk immigrant populations. While the study focuses on East Asian immigrants, there are potential implications for other immigrant populations as well (ie, Latin America).
Read the article abstract here.
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